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High School Girls Lacrosse: Lake Shore plays as one during hot start

Alie Jimerson, here defended by Kat Villar, kept her torrid offensive pace going in Lake Shore’s win over Eden on April 22.

It’s a small team but a close one. Clearly that can be seen not only in results but actions.

In the final minute of an 18-12 win over Eden on Monday (April 21), Lake Shore senior captain Mackenzie Ciciera collided with fellow captain, junior Alie Jimerson. With Ciciera slow to get up, eighth grader Shayla Scanlan, who in no way resembles a middle school student in stature or ability, came right to her aid.

Scanlan hoisted the smaller Ciciera on to her back and carried her teammate in both lacrosse and basketball over to the sideline. Ciciera was fine and so seems to be a unified Lake Shore team that improved to 4-1 and 3-0 in the division.

“It’s a nice group of girls,” head coach Hannah Wawrowski said. “There’s only 15 on the squad but they all look out for each other. They communicate and play well together. I’m hoping that leads to a positive season.”

The Eagles are well on their way, already having beaten last year’s Class C defending champion Amherst 9-8 in sudden death overtime on April 15.

Scanlan scored the overtime winner after that game went into an extra session following two scoreless three-minute overtime periods.
Shayla Scanlan scored one of her five goals in the win over Eden. (Photos by Michael J. Petro)

But it was the play of Jimerson and freshman goalie Jenna Haring that made the difference in the rematch of last year’s sectional title game.

Jimerson scored a remarkable seven times in the game, while Haring, the first-year starter, made a number of big saves. The game couldn’t be much closer as the score was also tied at the half in the back-and-forth affair.

“Jenna’s big saves and Alie’s goals were huge,” Wawrowski said. “The team worked very well together. They dedicated themselves to picking up their defense.”

In the win over Eden, Scanlan scored five times and Jimerson added four tallies.

Who’s also in good shape this season happens to be the team the Eagles beat Monday. Eden is well on its way to the young program’s best season yet. The Raiders dropped to 2-3 in the loss but have been increasingly competitive against some of the better teams on their schedule.

Eden enjoyed a strong second half against Lake Shore, led by six goals from junior captain Molly Neureuter and three tallies from eighth grader Brittany Nowak.

Junior attacker Chelsea Jackson added a goal and one assist, while single tallies were scored by seniors Jessica Matie and Kat Villar. Sophomore goalie Amanda Krouse stopped 13 shots in the Eden net and senior Kayley Zydel led the defensive effort.

“I loved the effort I saw today,” Eden head coach Phil Archabald said. “The intensity has been picking up. They’re getting more confident throughout the year and you can tell.”

Eden has also earned a 19-7 division win over Springville and beat Sweet Home in non-league action, while losing by the three goals to Iroquois and 15-7 to East Aurora.

Against Springville, Jackson finished with six goals, Neureuter added four goals and three assists, and Matie had three goals.

Around the local fields

Frontier has begun the season unbeaten at 5-0 with its biggest test looming against defending Class A champion Lancaster on Thursday, April 25.

The Falcons won three times in a four-day span, the latest victory 13-3 over Orchard Park on April 22 upped their division record to 2-0.

Junior Hannah Lease scored five times and classmate Taylor Izzo added four goals and one assist. Hannah Christiansen contributed two goals, while sister, Grace, enjoyed a solid all-around game with four ground balls, two caused turnovers and a pair of draw controls. Emily Pasternak stopped five shots to earn the win in goal.

Also during the hot start to the season, Hannah Christiansen scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining as part of a four-point performance to lead Frontier over Williamsville North 10-9 on April 19. Christiansen and Izzo each led the Falcons with three goals and Lease added a goal and one assist. Grace Christiansen notched five ground balls and Paige Evancho added three, while Pasternak stopped seven shots in net.

Lancaster, which has started 6-1, comes off a recent 17-16 overtime thriller in beating host Hamburg on April 18. The Redskins, who beat Frontier in the sectional final last year, have defeated two of three Rochester-area teams they’ve played this season and is also 2-0 in division play.


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